The City is responsible for tree trimming along public city streets as necessary to maintain safe road conditions.
Hennepin County & State Responsibility
Hennepin County is responsible for tree trimming along County Roads, and the State of Minnesota is responsible for Highway 12 tree trimming.
The utility companies may also complete tree trimming to maintain clearance for utility lines.
Reasons for Tree Trimming
Trees growing into the power lines
Obstruction of view in a right-of-way
Tree growing or leaning in the right-of-way or on the roadways
Storm damage - trees down or partially down, obstructing the right-of-way
Orono Code, Section 78-1285: Permit to Plant or Remove Trees
To ensure the safe operation of roads the City should be contacted before trimming any trees overhanging streets. It is a misdemeanor for any person to plant or remove any tree upon or overhanging streets without first procuring from the city a permit in writing to do so.
To report a tree down or one of the above four conditions, please call the Public Works Department during business hours.